I hate seeing horses/owners caught in a cycle of expensive shoeing/deteriorating feet, and NOTHING EVER CHANGES. The feet never improve.
Fergodsake, what is WRONG with some of the farriers out there that they cannot rub two friggin brain cells together and figure out that what they're doing for this horse ISN'T WORKING, and that "he just has bad feet" is not an acceptable excuse?!
I just get so sick and tired of people who REFUSE to REHABILITATE HOOVES. Sticking on a set of shoes and saying - have fun at that horseshow this weekend - is not rehabilitation. We will spend a fortune in both time and money to fix ulcers, broken bones, eye injuries, colic, you name it. But when a horse has really bad feet that is causing him pain and lameness, we outright REFUSE to take time off and do rehabilitative work to restore health to the hooves.
After the shoes were removed by this barefoot trimmer, the horse was immediately very sore i.e., walking on eggshells. A custom made pair of Swiss boots were purchased. The horse continued to get worse with each trim (no not a Strasser trim either). The boots didn't do a thing. I was told she was "transitioning" and to expect it to "get worse before it gets better".
When after a few months the horse foundered again, I was told that was a good thing now that she had the "proper trim" and she’d be perfect in 6 months. Another eight months of trimming every three weeks goes by and the horse was still walking on eggshells (not able to trot at all, even in a variety of hoof boots and pads). I was told she needed to be on the "Vitaroyal" diet and old hay and that the hay she was on (it had been tested <9 NSCs) was too "rich" since it had some greenness to it. She didn't believe in forage testing (or radiographs I might add) - too scientific and we all know in her little world science is the enemy. This trimmer didn't know dic about nutrition, just what she got from the various barefoot internet sites which she “believed in” 100%.
The horse was never ridden, hadn't been ridden in years as a matter of fact due to her chronically foundered condition. I would have been happy had she been comfortable enough to be turned out with other horses. That didn't happen until the shoes were put back on!
So you see, you're not the only one with frustrations regarding hoof care. I've put off buying another horse (I've been horseless for almost two years) for two reasons: crapastic boarding barn options no matter how much you pay and the lack of availability of knowledgeable and competent hoof care in my area.